Week 3: Growing Green: Urban Farming and Hydroponics
Quick! think of something green! If you didn’t think of Kermit the Frog, it’s OK (although he might be disappointed). Green is a color but it’s also an action—it means to restore or re-vitalize. So, while green beans are green (duh), they can also be useful in “growing green.” Let’s explore together!
Did you know that food can be grown without soil? Yep, it’s true. Water mixed with the right nutrients and fed to a plant through its roots can keep it healthy and strong on its own—no need for dirt. In fact, some of the foods you eat everyday are grown this way, like red strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, and spices like oregano and basil that make your pizza taste like pizza. How cool is that? We think it’s pretty cool and we can’t wait to show you how it’s done!
By the end of the week campers will:
- Learn, discuss and examine types of urban farms and terminology
- Discover what it means to “grow green”
- Practice growing their own green plants and foods
- Learn the process of hydroponics
What they are learning:
- Engineering: Urban farming
- Science: AgBio and Horticulture
- Geography: America